It is the first gameday for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. The U.S. meets Russia tonight at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) at the Sandman Centre here in Kamloops, B.C.

Gameday vs. Russia
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Podcast with Coach Hastings

FOLLOW ALONG
Fans interested in following the game can do so via live stats available here. An updated link will also be shared on USA Hockey's Twitter account at @usahockey closer to puck drop.

GAMEDAY PLANS
The morning will start with a team breakfast at the hotel, followed by a morning skate (11:00am-12:00pm) at the Sandman Centre. With 29 players on Team USA's current roster, a number of healthy scratches will be expected as the U.S. staff continues its evaluation process.
     "At the end of the day, every player here is on a tryout to make this team," said head coach Mike Hastings. "We've been bouncing players around whether that's mixing some skill with size or taking a winger and putting him at center. It's a short window here to get chemistry going and finding fits that work and we're looking forward to every player giving it their all here tonight."